Reliance Jio has started offering 5G services to select customers in parts of four cities – Delhi Mumbai, Kolkata and Varanasi – and Bharti Airtel in parts of eight cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur and Siliguri – for all customers using 5G phones.
Subscribers of both companies will not require a replacement of their existing SIM to benefit from 5G services.
Jio said its customers will continue to benefit from 5G services under the “beta beta” framework until the city’s network coverage is largely complete.
The company promised access to unlimited 5G data at speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (GBPS). Industry players are of the opinion that this level of speed will be available near mobile stations.
“5G is expected to deliver up to 600 Mbps (Mbps) during the launch phase because network traffic will be low. However, it will still be in the 200-300 Mbps range after the full launch,” Ericsson ThiawSeng stated. Ng for PTI, Head of Network Solutions, Strategic Network Development, Southeast Asia, Oceania and India.
This means that a 2-hour HD movie with a file size of about 6GB can be downloaded in 1 minute 25 seconds and a 4K movie in about 3 minutes with a maximum speed of 600Mbps.
Customers who buy 5G phones or own 5G phones will see the 5G option in their network settings and will need to select it to take advantage of the service.
The mobile network display on their device will start showing 5G instead of 4G when 5G is available in their area.
Former BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said telecom operators are expected to offer free 5G service till the time of its roll out and give them a taste of the new service.
“Once the rollout ends in a circle, telecom operators may announce their tariff plan and charge a premium for 5G over 4G,” said Shrivastava.
Nokia Vice President and Head of Indian Market Sanjay Malik said that the high speed of 5G will double the average data consumption per subscriber in India within a year and a half.
He said that the tariff for 5G services varies from country to country.
“There are some countries that don’t charge separate fees for 5G, and there are some that charge a premium. The India model will evolve based on the business case here,” Malik said.
The introduction of 5G technology is expected to lower the cost of smartphones in India as well as make them work on par with workstations (professional computers).
The launch of 5G technology in India will also help connect 5G devices across all different price points, said Cristiano Amon, President and CEO of Qualcomm. “When we look at the opportunities with the development of 5G in India, I see multiple and very significant opportunities. They could all happen at the same time. The first is that India scale will bring 5G technology to every device at all different price points,” he said.
“5G will democratize computing power. If you have a 5G device, whether it is a phone or a computer, you want to run an application that requires a lot of computing power. 5G will provide this connection to the cloud(s) allowing you to take advantage of the demand at the expense of the cloud as if they were both the same computer.”
Indian mobile operator Lava has already announced the launch of a 5G smartphone, LavaBlaze 5G, in the price range of Rs 10,000 per piece around Diwali which will be the cheapest phone to support 5G services across all spectrum bands that telecom operators will use to transmit signals. in India.
“5G will accelerate digital enablement in India, and affordable devices will be a major enabler in that. New use cases based on low latency are expected, apart from making existing cases faster,” said Lava International President and Business Head Sunil. Raina said.
High-speed data consumption on mobile phones is expected to drain the battery quickly. With this in mind, many mobile carriers have started rolling out 5,000mAh and above batteries along with fast charging features.
“Mobile power consumption will rise with the use of 5G as more cloud-based applications such as games come into play. Fortunately, we have a high capacity battery as well as fast charging already available. Personally, I feel that consumers will appreciate smartphones that offer 50W and above charging like This will help them replenish the battery quickly, said Faisal Kawosa, senior analyst at market research and analysis firm TechArc.
He said there is every chance that “light” or “thin” smartphones will finally be seen as thin laptops because computers will be essentially in the cloud.
“This could mean a reasonable range of smartphones. However, to support other specifications like 4K video, ultra-rich graphics, etc., chipsets that enable such features will still be required,” Kaousa said.
The Ericsson Mobility Report released in June 2022 also confirms that 5G is expanding faster than all previous generations of mobile technology.
The report said 5G is expected to account for nearly 40 per cent of all subscriptions by 2027 in India.
5G services will gradually cover the entire country over the next two years – Jio has promised to do so by December 2023 and Bharti Airtel by March 2024.